Stories You May Have Missed, A Week in Review

Stories You May Have Missed, A Week in Review


– A working smoke detector helped alert a Kiel family about a fire in their home early Monday morning. The cause of the fire at 1141 Sixth Street is under investigation by Manitowoc County Fire Investigators and Kiel Police Department.  The initial damage estimate is $75,000.

– A study out of Mississippi indicated that children are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 by a family member than they are in school. The reason for this result is twofold. First, most if not all people do not take the same precautions at home as they do in public, therefore a lot of the time, if one family member catches the virus, the whole family will become infected. Second, children reportedly have a lower rate of infection and transmission.

– Two men were injured in Appleton over the weekend as the result of a shooting incident. Police were called to the Brau Haus in the 500 block of West College Avenue at around 1:00 Sunday morning on a report of shots being fired. Officers located two victims, a 24-year-old Milwaukee man, and a 39-year-old Menasha man, who were treated for their injuries at a local hospital and released.

– After 20 years away, Snowfest will be returning to the Cool City this summer. The Friends of Two Rivers Snowfest had planned on holding the big return this past summer but canceled it due to the pandemic. It is now scheduled to take place July 23rd through the 25th, with as a presenting sponsor.


– An Arizona based ammunition manufacturer has chosen Manitowoc as their latest location to expand their business. AMMO Inc acquired Jagemann Stamping’s brass casing division last November and will be building a 170,000 square foot facility in the I-43 Industrial Park. City Council approved a term sheet for the project, which includes $1.4 million in TIF incentives.

-A 57-year old Whitelaw man has died after an accident in the Town of Kossuth last Wednesday. Richard Dufek was driving his tractor on Polifka Road when he was struck from behind by a second vehicle. He was ejected and died at the scene.

-The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County has announced the results of their 2020 Red Kettle Campaign. They say they received $132,388.24 in donations, which surpassed their $130,000 goal. In a Facebook post, the organization thanked the bell ringers, donors, kettle hosts, those who helped count the donations, and everyone who made it possible.

– The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the cancellation of the 74th annual Alice in Dairyland finals. Julia Nunes of Chippewa Falls will continue in her current role as Alice in Dairyland until July 15, 2022, officially becoming the 74th Alice in May 2021. The 75th finals will be held May 19-21, 2022 in Dane County as previously planned.


– A Manitowoc man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a residence.  The Manitowoc Police Department dispatched officers to the home in the 100 block of South Lake Street and made contact with the caller, who lives in the home. She claimed the 32-year-old man was upset that the female victim has not let his brother use her car, so he called her and said he was going to shoot up her home.

– Students in the Manitowoc Public School District may be allowed to return to in-person classes as soon as January 26th. That according to a letter sent to families in the District by Superintendent Mark Holzman. He said in the letter sent out yesterday that they are “close” to meeting the gating criteria to return to a blended model, which includes both in-person and virtual learning.

– As has been tradition over the past few years, the Manitowoc Police Department has once again kicked off their 10 Most Wanted Food Drive. This year is the 4th annual iteration of the event and is a bit different this time around. Instead of having a different theme for each month as they have in the past, the Police Department is simply asking for the 10 most needed items at Peter’s Pantry.

– The Manitowoc City Council met on Monday, and on top of announcing the addition of AMMO Inc to the industrial community, the Council continued their conversation regarding a proposed apartment complex near downtown. While the project is expected to go on, Mayor Justin Nickels said they haven’t finished all the legal red tape just yet for the Allie Apartment building.


– It was a chaotic site at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, as a large group of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the building in an attempt to halt the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next President. State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg, Senator Andre Jacque of De Pere, and Senator Eric Wimberger of Green Bay were among a large group of Republican Senators who all signed a letter that condemned the violence seen in Washington.

– Two local representatives in the State Government have co-sponsored a bill in honor of a 7-year-old Newton boy who died in 2018. The bill co-sponsored by Senator Andre Jacque and Assemblyman Paul Tittl, entitled “Ethan’s Law”, aims to prohibit the out of home placement of a child with an individual who has a record of crime against a child.

– A man in Sheboygan County had to be taken to a local hospital after he suffered injuries in a drilling accident. The incident occurred at around 12:30 PM and saw the 21-year-old man’s clothing get caught in an auger he was using while drilling a well. He was taken via ambulance to Aurora Grafton Medical Center, but the extent of his injuries is not known.

– A 29-year-old man has pleaded no-contest in an early 2020 homicide case. Ian Suzuki was arrested on February 2nd at his mother’s home after he allegedly stabbed retired police captain Jay Puestohl. Suzuki was initially charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, but with the plea, had his charge reduced to Reckless Homicide.


– The Lakeshore’s representative in the U.S. Congress has issued a statement regarding the chaotic scene at the Capitol two days ago. Congressman Glen Grothman called the storming of the building by rioters “embarrassing for our country” and called out Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr for behaving “irresponsibly”.

– Manitowoc City Clerk Mackenzie Reed Kadow will conduct a public drawing this coming Monday morning at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall for the arrangement of names of municipal candidates on the Spring Primary Ballot and the Spring General Election. The public drawing, held in accordance with State Statutes, begins at 8 a.m.

– The Lakeshore Humane Society will continue to take care of stray animals after reaching a new agreement with the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. This agreement, which will be in effect through 2023, sees the municipalities covering the 7-day statutory holding period for stray animals from the two cities. To learn more about the Lakeshore Humane Society, either stop out to their location at 1551 North 8th Street, give them a call at 920-684-5401, or visit

– Prevea Health is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to launch two community COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The clinics will be located at the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus in Green Bay and in the gymnasium of the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus in Sheboygan. More details will become available on dates and who is in the next phase to be vaccinated as determined by DHS.

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